Rick Hampson is an author at Religion News Service.
Our Lady of Revenue: NYC churches go on the market, leaving parishioners cynical
(RNS) The Catholic archdiocese’s plan to close dozens of churches raises an issue faced by thousands of shuttered churches across the Northeast and Midwest: what to do with buildings that are often architecturally important and always sentimentally important, especially since a church’s shape, age and location make the building hard to reuse.
Philadelphia abortionist Kermitt Gosnell spared the death penalty
(RNS) Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty because Dr. Kermitt Gosnell was accused of killing more than one person and because his victims were particularly vulnerable. But Gosnell’s advanced age made his execution unlikely before his appeals were exhausted.
Argentina’s Pope Francis heralds a new era for Latin America
(RNS) Pope Francis’ roots in Argentina give a boost to the morale and image of a continent that is coming into its own and overcoming many negative stereotypes.
Democrats add support for gay marriage to convention platform
CHARLOTTE (RNS) On the night the Democrats became the first major U.S. political party to endorse gay marriage, some convention delegates remembered how it used to be — back in high school, back in the closet, back in the days when, as one said, “you're scared because it's not OK to be who you are.” By Rick Hampson.